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Published:Monday | June 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Dr Susan Chang-Lopez of The Child Development Research Group at the University of the West Indies (UWI) is convinced that early childhood stimulation can contribute to reducing the number of violent incidents in Jamaica.This view is informed by...

Published:Monday | June 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Oman is perhaps one of the most unlikely places to find a Jamaican working in the area of energy policy, but that is exactly where you will find Duane Rowe.Now the planning and...

Published:Thursday | June 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

A study which assessed the labour market returns of an early childhood intervention programme developed by a research team at the Epidemiology Research Unit (ERU) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) has found that children who were involved...

Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Even as the political and economic crisis plaguing Venezuela continues to escalate, Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamina Johnson Smith has been guarded in indicating whether or not Jamaica will pull its diplomatic mission from the Latin American...

Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Professor Paul Miller has broken down many barriers on his way to being appointed professor of educational leadership and management at the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom (UK), a post he will officially take up in September.Said to...

Published:Monday | May 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Woman Corporal Judith Williams was a tower of strength to all who knew her.This was how she was memorialised at the service of thanksgiving, held at the Hagley Park Seventh-day Adventist Church in St Andrew yesterday.National Security Minister...

Published:Monday | May 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

As Child Month comes to a close, the Private Children's Homes Association (PCHA) has revealed that a majority of the 50 facilities that fall under its umbrella are on the brink of shutting down because of a lack of adequate financial support from...

Published:Monday | May 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison has expressed concern about the inadequate funding of private childcare facilities, which has forced several operators to consider closing their doors."Traditionally, Government has never had enough spaces...

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck has outlined an ambitious programme of reform, which he hopes to introduce as a means of speeding up the pace at which justice is delivered to Jamaicans.Chuck, who delivered the main address at the General Legal...

Published:Wednesday | May 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

A research team at the Epidemiology Research Unit (ERU) of the University of the West Indies is pleading with the Government to strongly consider a national rollout of a home-based early stimulation programme which was developed by the team and is...

Published:Monday | May 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Even as she issues instructions to the sailors under her charge on the United States Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin, Commander Janice Smith is acutely aware...

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

The May 6 meeting, held at the Jamaica Conference Centre (JCC) between Minister of Education Ruel Reid and high school principals to iron out the issues regarding the planned removal of auxiliary fees, has not secured the buy-in of principals as was...

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

The Copenhagen Consensus Center (CCC), a think tank based in the capital city of Denmark, has singled out an early-childhood initiative which sought to address the issue of chronic malnutrition or stunting of children in Jamaica during the mid-1980s...

Published:Wednesday | May 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Even though he is still an engineer-in-training (EIT), Giancarlo Grant, has been integrally involved in designing a number of buildings that will dominate the Texan landscape in...

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

A United Kingdom-based professor in education has declared that the promotion of teachers to the rank of principal in Jamaica is a flawed, corrupt enterprise prejudiced towards the 'favoured'.Professor Paul Miller, reader in education at Brunel...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Therrestra Ltd, the engineering firm contracted to construct the Royalton Hotel in Negril, Hanover, where a section of a building collapsed and injured construction workers last week, has taken steps to become registered with the Professional...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

That there is a high rate of diabetes in the Caribbean and a continued increase in the non-communicable disease among Caribbean nationals does not come as a surprise to vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary Beckles.While...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Another call has come for more attention to be paid to the training of teachers for the areas of early childhood and special-needs students.Professor Elsa Leo-Rhynie of the Dudley...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Proper nutrition and the delivery of health-care services have been identified as two critical elements required for the improvement of quality of life for Jamaica's children as the island marks Child Month.Minister of State in the Ministry of...

Published:Wednesday | May 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie has ordered an investigation into the circumstances that led to yesterday's collapse of decking at the Blue Diamond Royalton hotel construction site in Negril, Hanover.The...

Published:Monday | May 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Dr Deborah Hickling, former chair of the Interministerial Technical Working Group on Cultural and Creative Industries in the Office of the Prime Minister, has come out in defence of the work that has been done in the area of cultural and creative...

Published:Sunday | May 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

The increase in entrepreneurial activity in Jamaica has been chronicled in successive versions of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report, a publication which compares data on entrepreneurship from several countries. A unique data set...

Published:Sunday | May 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

The management of the National Water Commission (NWC) is downplaying the findings of an internal audit, which raised questions about the implementation of its New Meter Reading System (NMRS).According to the company, "The project has ... been...

Published:Sunday | May 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

The aim of five per cent economic growth in the next four years, announced by newly appointed growth tsar Michael Lee-Chin, is being viewed with scepticism by Paul Ward, a member of the Campaign for Social...

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

As Jamaica prepares to revise its National Culture Policy, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has signalled that she wants the new document to focus strongly on the economic value of culture."We intend to create new...

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